Joe Cada opened for 4,500 from the hijack only to have Marvin Rettenmaier three-bet to 12,200 from the cutoff. Action folded to a short-stacked Artem Litvinov in the big blind and he turned sideways in his chair, turning his back to the action. The dealer seemed a bit confused, as did some of the players, but then Litvinov pulled out a coin and flipped it.
We're not sure what it came up, but it inspired Litvinov to move all in for 32,200. Cada quickly folded and Rettenmaier thought about a call. Litvinov, who is from Russia, attempted to talk Rettenmaier out of making the call in his broken english, but the German called him nonetheless.
Litvinov looked crushed when the flop paired Rettenmaier and immediately stood from his chair. The gave him pause as it delivered a flush draw, and then Litvinov went wild when the river completed it to extend his tournament life.
"Yes. Yes. Yes," Litvinov said. "I pay. Woman. You," he added to Rettenmaier.
"I'm good , man," Rettenmaier said with a chuckle. Litvinov then went off to the side, cleared away some spectators and then began doing his patented karate moves in celebration.
Igor Kurganov opened for 5,100 from the hijack only to have Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky three-bet to 13,500 from the cutoff. The button folded, as did the blinds, and Kurganov pushed back with a four-bet to 32,500. Sulsky thought for a few moments and then announced that he was all in. Kurganov wasted little time in calling off for 201,900 total.
"Ok, let's do it," Sulsky said before tabling the . He almost seemed to know it was a flip, and indeed it was as Kurganov rolled over the . The excitement that comes with a race such as this was quickly dissipated when the flop gave Kurganov a set.
"I still have a jack," Sulsky said after the turned. Unfortunately for him, he wouldn't find one as the blanked on the river. Ship the double to Kurganov.
Zachary Clark had a raise to 12,500 in front of him on the flop and Tony Gregg had 5,200 in front of him while in the tank. Gregg eventually called to see the land on the turn and pair the board. Clark and Gregg both checked.
The river was the , and Clark tank-checked. Gregg moved all in, and Clark quickly called.
Gregg tabled the for a busted straight draw, and Clark showed the for trip jacks. Clark collected the pot and Gregg was sent to the rail.
"Don't be upset about this one," Niklas Heinecker said to Gregg as he walked off. "I don't want to hear you complaining!"
Jeff Gross raised in the cutoff, Justin Bonomo three-bet to 17,000 out of the small blind, and Fabrice Touil cold-called in the big. Gross called as well, and the dealer fanned . Bonomo led out for 22,000, and only Touil called.
The turn was the , and Bonomo check-folded to a bet of what looked like 45,000.
Fabian Quoss raised to 4,000 from the button only to have Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel three-bet to 14,000 from the small blind. 2010 November Niner Jason Senti then came in with a four-bet to 29,000 from the big blind, Quoss quickly folded and Seidel took about 45 seconds before casually dropping in a five-bet to 60,000.
Senti double checked his cards and waited about 30 seconds before announcing that he was all in for right around 200,000. Seidel spent a minute in the tank, threw up his hands a bit and then folded his cards.
We just checked in with the start-of-the-day chip leader Max Lehmanski, who seems to have picked up right where he left off last night.
Lehmanski began the day with 406,000, and in just one level he's managed to work that up to 580,000. We're not sure how he upped his stack so fast, but given that Evan Silverstein started that table with a big stack and is now gone, it's a safe assumption that the two clashed and Lehmanski came out on top.
The last time the World Series of Poker held a $25,000 buy-in six-handed event was at the 41st annual WSOP in 2010. That event attracted a larger field of 191 players and generated a prize pool of $4,536,250. Dan Kelly was the victor, winning $1,315,518 after defeating Shawn Buchanan heads up.
Others at the final table included eventual WSOP Player of the Year Frank Kassela, Jason Somerville, Mikael Thuritz and Eugene Katchalov. You can read more about Kelly's victory and the event over in our live reporting blog archive.